From Tom Morello's MasterClass

Conclusion

Tom wraps up his class with a few parting words and an artistic challenge to you: “Envision something that goes beyond what anybody’s imagined before—” and never stop pushing.

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Tom wraps up his class with a few parting words and an artistic challenge to you: “Envision something that goes beyond what anybody’s imagined before—” and never stop pushing.

Topics include: Conclusion

Tom Morello

Teaches Electric Guitar

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If only I had $1 for every time someone said to me, shut up and play guitar. Stop mixing politics with music. And what I always respond is when I picked up a guitar, I didn't put down my First Amendment rights. I don't think it's important to combine activism and music. It is for me. What is important is to combine what you believe in and the music that you make. Make sure there's not a firewall between who you are, what you believe in, and what you do in your art. There's a extra hot place in hell for artists who have convictions and who stifle them for commercial gain. For me, it's always been damn the torpedoes. This is who I am. This is what I believe in. I can't help myself but let that leak its way into-- pour its way into what I do as a guitarist and as a songwriter. So I'm not encouraging you to be political in your songwriting. What I'm encouraging you to be is honest in your songwriting. And whatever it is that you care about, write about that. But an important part of the human experience is the struggle for a more decent and just planet. An important part of human experience is love, is romance, is sizzurp. But don't-- you can write about-- if that's important to you, then by all means write about it, because I want to hear your authentic story. Right now you're a guitar player, and you don't know what your potential is. So find out. You might be the one to think of things that none of us have ever thought up before. You can use the building blocks that some others have given you. But the future, as my man Joe Strummer said on my favorite rock and roll T-shirt of all time, the future is unwritten. The future's unwritten. There's no telling what it can be. You're the one that can write it. You can stand on the sidelines with your art, with your politics, or you can envision something that goes beyond what anybody's imagined before as an artist or in creating a better world. It's entirely 100% up to you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Strike a Chord

Tom Morello is a two-time Grammy winner and one of Rolling Stone’s "greatest guitarists of all time." In his first online guitar class, the co-founder of Rage Against the Machine will teach you the riffs, rhythms, and solos that launched his career and sent his music to the top of the charts. Tom will share his approach to making music that challenges the status quo and teach you how to create your own musical style.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This class was powerful. When listening to someone who is passionate and so down to earth at the same time, a cathartic revelation comes to you. You realize that Tom Morello is not just a guitar player, this is not just a music class, it is a philosophical journey that helps one to become ... yourself.

Very inspiring and covered a lot of material. It was awesome to see Tom teaching technique along with insights into the music he's played.

I love how insightful and well-spoken Tom is about everything. His music is not my go-to music, but he is a great teacher. Thank you, Tom!

Tom is one of my favorite musicians. His Masterclass really broke down some of my barriers to songwriting. He made it so human. Just record whatever sounds good when your improvising and come back to it later. You and me and Paul McCartney are songwriters.

Comments

RENE G.

Never is too late. The future is unwritten. I am a banker in my 40s and I formed a band for an event in 2018, unfortunately two of the members were moving out of the city. But I am not giving up and I will form a new band in 2019. Keep on rocking in the free world!

Alfredo L.

Excellent. I took this course because I wanted to be a rocker when I was young. Too bad there was not a course like this then. After hearing Tom I felt eager to try the music again. It is truly inspiring. I think I'm going to take it again. Tom gives everything he knows so easily

Dave H.

Damn, dude. That was by far the best Masterclass I have seen. Not everyone on the Masterclass list can teach. Morello delivers and then some. Well-organized, thoughtful, and fun. Nothing was held back, all the secrets were revealed. Tom is not only a good guitarist and teacher, but a great human being. Well done, sir!

Janos V.

I haven't touched a guitar in over 15 years, and this Masterclass has motivated me to do so. I've recently been learning bass guitar, and this Masterclass and Tom's unique perspective has helped me look at music differently in a very positive way. Thank you, Tom.

Seth B.

Tom, what a great human being. That is the first thing I got here. Second, of course I heard of Rage but I never had patience for heavy music but each song you referenced I went to YouTube and watched a live performance or listened to the studio recording, having spent so much ‘virtual’ time with you and hearing your process, those songs came to life for me in a whole new and meaningful way. Thank you for being so authentic and sharing your life’s work. Good luck in everything!

James A.

I’m 37. If I had watched this at 17, my life would have turned out much differently. Thank you, Tom, for your music and your teaching.

Jeremy B.

Just a fantastic course Tom. I love your honesty and simplicity and freaking amazing guitar work. Thanks for inspiring me to push on with my own playing. Beautiful work. Thank you.

A fellow student

Thank you Tom, that was an exceptional course. My favorite parts were the interesting practice routines and studio experiences you've had. I am excited to incorporate them with my own band. My own growth as a guitarist came from humble beginnings as well, practicing in my bedroom as a high school student to the RATM records and the first Audioslave record. I know this may not be the right forum to ask you about this, but as a kid growing up during the internet age guitar tablature from online sources was unbelievably helpful in inspiring me to practice, play, and get better on the guitar. At the core of that, were the numerous RATM and Audioslave tabs I meticulously printed out, studied, and practiced with. As an adult, I still know most of those songs by heart, but young people nowadays unfortunately don't have access to those tabs. I kindly ask that you'd reevaluate your stance on making your phenomenal guitar legacy available to aid in the growth of the next generation of guitarists. Once again, thank you for a fantastic course and some great tips that will undoubtedly help me become a better musician!

Matthew

Thanks Tom and Masterclass, I am going to use everything you showed us. I have a few friends who drum and play bass, they will be excited when we get together and I bring the guitar. We'll start by banging through some Them, some Doors, even some Neil Diamond and Beatles, who knows where it will go. Maybe we'll see you out there if we are a little lucky and a lot work our asses off.

Mark Haen

I was not a Rage Against the Machine fan before this course. I feel like a friend of Toms' right now! An articulate speaker that needs no cue cards, he speaks from the heart. A passion for doing things differently. Who doesn't want that? And to top it off, one of the most creative guitarists I have ever come across. Well done Tom, I would like to meet you.